Kid-Friendly Eats: Peekskill For Pipsqueaks

Why you shouldn't be afraid to bring your kids to this child haven.

April 15, 2014

By Jennifer Garry, who blogs at Cuddles and Chaos, and covers Northern Westchester for Wee Westchester. 

There’s nothing worse than heading to a much-needed dinner out only to feel totally out of place with the kids. You know what I mean. You’re sitting in a restaurant with your kids, sighing with relief that no one is melting down when you catch someone staring disapprovingly out of the corner of your eye. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need that aggravation. I prefer to frequent laid-back restaurants with charm and food that my littles will eat and not just play with.

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Figuring there are more than a few of you out there who feel the same way, I did a little research. Every week or so I’ll write about some of the best kid-friendly restaurants in northern Westchester. First up: Peekskill For Pipsqueaks.(Yes, that picture above is taken at an actual restaurant!) [...]

Monday Poll: Do You Send Handwritten Thank You Notes?

Or is it a lost art...?

April 14, 2014

The New York Times recently ran a story about handwritten thank you notes making a comeback. “As you grow older, it becomes more important when someone recognizes the effort you have made on their behalf and reciprocates in the form of a written acknowledgment,” one expert told the NYT.

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According to the story, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and designer Ralph Lauren write thank you cards on high-end card stock. “‘What they want, said Liz Quinn, the owner of Stationer on Sunrise in Palm Beach, Fla., is to draw a distinction between the tossed-off, compressed nature of electronic messages and a form of ritualized communication that gives material evidence ‘that the person really did appreciate something.’”

If you want to thank someone for a gift or treating you to dinner, does a text message cut it? What about an email? Or, do you still send handwritten notes to thank friends for just about anything they do for you. Let’s hear it.

Sunday Supper: Diane Kochilas’ Tsoureki

Classic Greek Easter Bread.

April 13, 2014

Tsoureki is the traditional bread of the Greek Orthodox Easter, which happens to coincide with Easter Sunday this year.

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Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

Although there is a lot of prep involved, most recipes (including the one below from well-known Greek chef Diane Kochilas) yield large portions so you will have plenty to go around if you are expecting a big crowd for Easter dinner (if you do end up having tons leftover, try Diane’s Tsoureki French Toast recipe). [...]

Spring Up Your Step

Say hello to these 10 stylish door mats.

April 12, 2014

The doormat on my porch got quite a bit of use this winter. Actually, it’s so worn out that I can hardly see the pattern anymore. So I went hunting online for a new one, and I found so many cute ones that I had to share. Which one should I get? Or better yet, which one are you going to get?

 

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Friday Find: Must Have Easter Looks

What to Dress Your Little Boys & Girls In This Year.

April 11, 2014

There is something so nostalgic about classic Easter fashions…girls in their white gloves and bonnets, boys in creams and pastels. According to Farah Kathwari of Larchmont’s Maxime & Friends, classic styles are making a comeback this year. She recently introduced us to a spanish brand called Mayoral that we absolutely adore, which offers traditional styles with tasteful modern twists.

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“The clothes are comfortable, elegant, and appropriate for many functions throughout the Spring and Summer seasons,” she notes. Maxime & Friends is the only local shop to carry the brand, offering sizes newborn to age 6 for girls and newborn to 12 months for boys. Prices start at $20 and go up to $85. [...]

What To Do in Westchester This Weekend: April 12 to 13

From White Plains to Yonkers, let us plan your perfect Saturday.

April 10, 2014

Life is like a fairly tale this weekend in White Plains.

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On Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, there’s not one but two chances to bring your kids to a Disney-inspired show. Disney Junior Live Pirate and Princess Adventure is at the Westchester County Center on Saturday and Sunday with multiple showtimes. Think: Sofia the First and Jake and his band of Never Land Pirates will perform their antics for your children’s viewing pleasure. Tickets are steep, so I’d book this one only for the most devout Disney Junior fan. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains [...]

Kid-Friendly Tuckahoe

10 Terrific Things To Do With Kids in This Tiny Town. (Say that three times fast!)

April 9, 2014

By Sarah Petronzi, a writer in southern Westchester. Sarah last wrote about Kid-Friendly Bronxville.

At less than one square mile in size, Tuckahoe truly is tiny. What the village lacks in size though, it more than makes up for in charm. This close-knit community has kept much of its 1800s character, when it was first established as a marble quarry mining town. At Christmastime Tuckahoe hosts a winter fest with horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, carolers and a mini ice skating rink. And it’s this kind of focus on family-friendly activities that makes Tuckahoe a great place to raise kids. Here are 10 great family-friendly activities for you and your kids:

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Spring Book Picks For Kids

Here's what your child should be reading this season.

April 8, 2014

Francine Lucidon, owner of Larchmont’s children’s bookshop The Voracious Reader, is always quick to point out her favorite books for kids. But what new books are too good to miss this Spring? Here are five new books on her ‘must read’ list:

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Westchester’s Ridge Hill will be celebrating summer this year by hosting Movie Mondays, June 16, July 14 and August 11. Mark your calendars and bring your beach chairs or blankets for a FREE, family-friendly film series under the stars. Come early to shop, dine and enjoy the pre-film festivities. Movies will begin at sunset.

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Ridge Hill has given Wee Westchester readers the exclusive honor to help select which three movies you and your family would like to see. Ask the kiddos what’s on the top of their list, and then select three below. We will let you know the results next month.

Sunday Supper: Epsteins of Hartsdale’s Tsimmis

A Traditional Passover Seder Side Dish.

April 6, 2014

With Passover just a week away, we thought this traditional sweet stew would be the perfect dish to share. According to Bob DeGroat of Epsteins of Hartsdale, “Tsimmis literally translates to ‘fuss’ in Yiddish. This meat-free dish, however, is just the opposite and couldn’t be easier to prepare. Everything goes into the pan at the same time and then roasts until the vegetables are tender, browned, citrus-glazed, and deliciously infused with orange”.

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You can use a mix of orange and sweet potatoes, or just carrots or just sweet potatoes. And, a vegetarian Tsimmis is a great companion to brisket or chicken. But be true to the Jewish tradition and invite people over to enjoy with you!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs carrots, peeled and cut into one inch cubes

1 1/2 lbs yams, peeled and cut into one inch cubes

1 cup orange juice

¾ cup Karo syrup (clear)

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup water, salted

3 cups pitted prunes

Directions:

Place cut yams and carrots on the bottom of a large, heavy pot.

In a medium bowl, whisk together orange juice, Karo syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and black pepper. Pour mixture over the carrots and yams in the pot.

Add salted water to the pot, covering the vegetables halfway. Heat pot over medium high until it begins to simmer. Stir the ingredients once gently.

Reduce heat to a gentle but constant simmer. Cover the pot.

After 45 minutes, open the pot and gently stir again. Place pitted prunes on top of the simmering ingredients.

Cover pot. Continue to cook on lowest heat for another 15 minutes, until potato pieces are tender and prunes have warmed and softened. Don’t cook too long, or the prunes will dissolve.

Serve warm as a side dish.

Eptsteins of Hartsdale; 387 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale 

 

Good-Bye From Elizabeth Leach

I'll miss you Westchester and Wee Westchester!

April 5, 2014

Editor’s Note: One of Wee Westchester’s founders and go-to writers Elizabeth Leach is leaving us this week. We’ll miss her — and her beautiful family. And since she’s written so many wonderful stories for you guys, we asked her to say farewell. Seriously, many of you couldn’t have survived this winter without her post on Top Indoor Playspaces

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It all began with a conversation with Brooke at our neighborhood pool. We wanted to create a website for moms — our dream site, one that we wished existed when we moved to Westchester, feeling a little stunned to be in the suburbs with a new baby. A few weeks later we came up with the name in Starbucks in Scarsdale, then the boots for the logo. At first I tried to design the site myself but we called in a professional because we wanted it to be perfect. We launched six months later. And it’s been a wild ride.

To pull off publishing a daily website, the four of us collaborated over Thai food, the occasional glass of wine and frozen yogurt. We e-mailed each other until late in the night, sometimes writing the next day’s post when we would rather be going to sleep. I hopped in my car with my toddler and camera and ate in restaurants recommended by strangers (thanks for all the tips on facebook!), explored new towns, shopped in stores looking for items I hoped our readers would swoon over as much as me. It’s been so much fun experiencing Westchester online!

After seven years of living here, I have to say good-bye. My husband got a new job in North Carolina and we leave in just a week. I know the site will continue in the same fabulous fashion and will only get better and better. I will always feel a little sad reading the posts I didn’t write, the restaurants I didn’t sample and the activities I couldn’t experience. But I’m glad I had a chance to be a part of such an amazing site inspired by such an incredible area.

Thank you, Westchester for reading! I’ll miss you!

Friday Find: Easter Baskets, Beyond the Candy

Taka Andrews from Miller's Toys Shares His Top Non-Candy Picks.

April 4, 2014

In many households, Easter runs a close second to Halloween when it comes sugar-filled, candy consumption (does anyone else think that stale peeps are totally amazing?). However, I’m sure most of us would rather fill our kids Easter baskets with treats that will last longer than a few sugary seconds. Taka Andrews from Miller’s Toys in Mamaroneck shares some fun, inexpensive ideas below for a wide range of ages. And maybe you can sneak in a chocolate bunny too!

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What To Do in Westchester This Weekend: April 5 to 6

April 3, 2014

The weather this upcoming spring weekend looks ideal and our calendar is full of fun events to partake in.  Happy weekend and happy spring! Hop on over to the Westchester Mall on Saturday, April 5, for breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Meet at the Food Court Level from 8:30am-10am for breakfast from Au Bon Pain, [...]

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Everything Is Illuminated at Van Cortlandt Manor

April 2, 2014

LIGHTSCAPES, a new outdoor light display in Croton this May, may just feel like a daydream. Read: Prepare to enter through an illuminated rainbow and emerge from a “bubbly haze into a dreamland of curiosities spread as far as the eye can see.” Think: glowing tulips and mushrooms, twinkling fairies, and lots of interactive displays, [...]

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Mom’s Sick. So Who’s Taking Care of the Kids?

April 1, 2014

By Michelle Gillan Larkin, a mom who lives in Northern Westchester.  It started out like any other day. My husband and I awakened from a deep sleep by our only child calling, “Mommmyyy! It’s morning tiiimme!” My husband grumbled something and made his way to the master bath, while I, a stay-at-home mom, stumbled sleepily [...]

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Monday Poll: Is Westchester Snobby?

March 31, 2014

I can find something to love in just about every Westchester town. Irvington has river views from Main Street. Hastings has Antoinette’s coffee shop. Pleasantville has the Jacob Burns Film Center. Bedford has rolling hills. And let’s not forget about Larchmont’s Manor Park. But I’ve noticed that people tend to see the towns here as [...]

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